The dreaded radio operations drill. We have all sat through endless PowerPoint slides with pictures of radios and sample communications in quotation marks that struggles to hold our attention. So it may be surprising that one of the best classes I’ve ever taken covered basic radio use, but with a twist.
While this was challenging enough, the real trouble started when the lesson kicked in. Without prior knowledge, our instructors started two teams at the same time, on the same channel. Within minutes everyone began to truly understand the importance of call signs (“hey you, it’s me”) and how concise transmissions can translate to lives saved. The instructors would throw out random traffic, artificial maydays, and sly instructions that, if followed without hearing your call sign, would lead to failure.
This drill has become one of my go-to training exercises when working with new firefighters or our active junior cadet program. High quality radio communications are one of our best friends on the fire ground. Radio operations training - where firefighters actually practice speaking over the radio with additional traffic - is critical to your department. Poor communications can wreak havoc on a scene and lead to deadly mistakes. Not only does this drill reinforce those critical basic radio competencies, it is a ton of fun!
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